Honeymoon in Vietnam - honest advice needed - December
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2012 9:16 PM Last Post By: hanno
Oct 10, 2012 3:27 PM
Honeymoon in Vietnam - honest advice needed - DecemberHi Forum,
Hope you're all well.
My wife and me are getting married in early December and planning to spend 2 weeks in Vietnam for our honeymoon. I want it to be a bit of an adventure but also keep it a little luxury.
Could anyone provide some good advice on where to visit with decent weather? My rough plan is as follows:
Hanoi - 1 night
Halong Bay - 1 or 2 night depending on weather
Hue - 1 or 2 night depending on weather
Da Nang - 1 or 2 night depending on weather
Somewhere with a nice beach and culture - TBC and need advice
Ho Chi Minh City - 3 nights
Does the plan sound about right to anyone?
Are we doing too much?
Should we spend more time further south to get some good decent weather?
I would appreciate some good advice, happy to discuss further over skype - ill buy anyone a virtual beer if they can :)
Thanks in advance and wish us luck.
Edited by: bubass23
Oct 10, 2012 4:41 PM
1If you've never been to Hanoi, feel free to spend a couple of days poking around there. It's a lovely city. Ha Long is romantic but the best weather in the world isn't going make it worth much more than 24 hours.
You don't say how you're planning to get around but all the places you mention (except Ha Long) are on the train line, so I'd recommend that. (As newlyweds, you might want to splurge on a private stateroom.)
Go down to Huế and make a reservation for one night. If you're enjoying yourselves, stay longer. Lots of temples and historic crap if you're into that.
Danang is a lovely city but there's not a tremendous amount to do. See Marble Mountain, that's interesting. Again, reserve for one night, when you're bored, catch a cab to Hoi An -- another good poking-around town like Hanoi.
Hoi An has a beach but nothing special. Mui Ne's beach, a few hours further down the line, is supposed to be very nice.
Important thing to remember: travel is very easy in Vietnam, lots of inexpensive hotels (with vacancies), cabs to anywhere, frequent (albeit slow) trains. There's no dire need to plan ahead.
Oct 11, 2012 6:11 AM
2Ha Noi is definitely worth more than one night. Even though I have been there five times I still spend at least four days there and still hate having to leave.
Hue at least two days. The historic sites are memorable and very photogenic and the river cruise is pleasant.
Some inland places you could consider:
Ninh binh for the inland karst (limestone) scenery and SE Asia's largest temple.
Da Lat in the central highlands.
But I would say your itinerary looks otherwise ok for just two weeks
Oct 11, 2012 2:55 PM
I am planning to travel by plane - I dont think my mrs would be too happy traveling on a overnight train on our honeymoon but I'm keen!
Ok, sounds like my itinerary is spot on - couple more questions:
1. Do you think the weather would be OK up north and central Vietnam? We're looking for 20 degree +
2. Do you think i should book all my hotels in advance as we are traveling during Xmasb which could be a busy period?
3. Anywhere in south i should defo visit?
Oct 11, 2012 7:12 PM
4I hope ur couple have a happy honey moon trip. I have just refer, I think u the weather in Vietnam Northern is good, in Autumn is cool, very good for honey moon. you can refer some travel agency in Vietnam to have some knowledge to travel in Vietnam.
Oct 11, 2012 9:03 PM
Really? I would think she'd find it romantic. Plus, it's cheaper and more convenient than flying. How are you going to fly to Mui Ne (hint: you can't)?
By "20 degree +" do you mean, "at least 20°C"? If so, no problem. I don't know if it ever drop much below that on the Vietnamese coast (the hills can get quite chilly, but you aren't going there). If you mean, not far from 20°C, up or down, no, you're going to be quite warm some of the time.
Well, only about 20% of Vietnamese celebrate Christmas and while Vietnam is becoming more of a holiday destination, it isn't Thailand. Outside of Tết, you should be fine.
Still, if you can (and do!) cancel with 24 hours notice for free, it never hurts.
Everyone tells me I should visit Đà Lạt.
Oct 11, 2012 9:16 PM
6I don't know if it ever drop much below
Temperatures in Ha Noi can drop to 8C and less. In my book that is pretty damn cold, especially if the humidity is high.
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